The aircraft, which was heading to a base in Antarctica, disappeared shortly after taking off late on Monday from the southern city of Punta Arenas in Chilean Patagonia.
December 12, 2019: The U.S. Navy is among those helping in the search for a Chilean military plane that went missing while transporting 38 passengers and crew to the Antarctic. No survivors are expected.
Anxious relatives Search vessels and planes from the United States, Uruguay and Argentina were also combing almost 1,000 square kilometers (385 square miles) around the plane's last known position in the Drake Passage, a tempestuous body of water south of Cape Horn. But the Air Force said that local weather was good at the time of the plane's disappearance.
Speaking to the press, FACh chief General Arturo Merino explained that radar contact with the plane was lost 723 kilometers from Punta Arenas and 473 kilometers from Antarctica, in the middle of Drake Passage.
A C-130 destined for King George Island on the northern tip of Antarctica fell out of radio contact on Monday evening, leaving many to fear the worst for the 38 people on board. On board the plane, 38 men and women had taken chair: 17 team users and 21 individuals.
Wreckage recovered so far would reach Punta Arenas "tomorrow or in the next few days", Mosqueira said.
The Admiral Maximiano polar ship belonging to Brazil's Navy was already in the South Pole area, allowing it to quickly join the search effort, the ministry said.
Earlier on Wednesday sent the chilean military fighter jets to the area in an expanded search.
Argentina's government also said it had offered air and naval assistance for the search and rescue.
Pope Francis is reportedly closely following the news of the crash, the Vatican Secretary of State said Wednesday. Many of them were traveling to carry out logistical support tasks at the base, Chile's largest in the Antarctic.